Somebody grab a broom. The Big Ten is a mess.
Friday morning the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that Big Ten coaches are kicking around the idea of kicking off the 2020 college football season “around Thanksgiving,” similar to the timeframe the NCAA is considering for college basketball.
Coaches are proposing an eight-game, conference-only schedule. Big Ten officials have also discussed a similar winter option for indoor football, beginning in January.
Wow. What a turn of events. This is great news for all the players and parents that have been fighting back against commissioner Kevin Warren, right? WRONG.
The Big Ten coaches are proposing these plans. The Big Ten presidents are the ones who decided to cancel the 2020 college football season.
A reminder, via a source: Big Ten presidents were the ones who made the decision to postpone the season. They have made clear it is a final decision. Coaches were not tasked with restarting the season at their own discretion.
— Nicole Auerbach ? (@NicoleAuerbach) August 28, 2020
#B1G source just now: League is working with ADs, coaches and medical personnel on options for late fall or winter start to football season. But ultimate decision will be with presidents and chancellors, who are considering health of entire campuses and communities.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 28, 2020
Pat Forde described the situation as a “circus.” Coaches won’t listen to presidents and “everyone is pushing their own agenda.”
As the SEC moves forward with college football this fall, the Big Ten is trying not to get left behind. It may already be too late.